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Eur J Cancer. 2008 Jan;44(1):84-91. Epub 2007 Nov 26.

The oral mTOR inhibitor RAD001 (everolimus) in combination with letrozole in patients with advanced breast cancer: results of a phase I study with pharmacokinetics.

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  • 1Medical Oncology Clinic, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium.



To investigate the safety and pharmacokinetics (PK) of combined treatment with letrozole and the oral mTOR inhibitor RAD001 in patients with metastatic breast cancer stable or progressing after > or = 4 months on letrozole alone.


Eighteen patients received letrozole (2.5 mg/day) and RAD001 at 5 mg/day (cohort 1) or 10 mg/day (cohort 2). In the absence of DLT in cohort 1, cohort 2 was expanded to 12 patients to obtain additional safety and PK data.


Most common adverse events were stomatitis (50.0% of patients), fatigue (44.4%), anorexia and/or decreased appetite (44.4%), diarrhoea (38.9%), headache (33.3%) and rash (33.3%). There was 1 DLT, a grade 3 thrombocytopaenia in cohort 2. No clinically relevant PK interaction was detected. Seven patients received the combination therapy for >6 months. One patient had a complete response, and one had a 28% reduction in liver metastases, both in cohort 2.


Daily therapy with RAD001 plus letrozole is promising: the results suggest anti-tumour activity with no PK interactions. The overall safety profile of the combination is consistent with that expected for RAD001 monotherapy. A daily dose of RAD001 10mg is recommended for further trials.

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